Immigrant Rights News -- Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Since the advent of Reaganomics, that launched a systemic the attack against and dismantlement of social services, including privatization, de- and re-regulation of how investments wealth and profits are made so that corporations and big business don’t pay their taxes but profit from public investments and subsidies, U.S. citizenship has been stripped to bare bones. Immigrant scapegoating has become the escape valve for the frustrations and setbacks some 29 years of Reaganomics (abroad it started as “Thatcherism” and is called neoliberalism) that U.S.-citizen working people, communities of color, women, LGBTs and generally poverty-stricken people in the U.S. have lived and endured.
A municipal ID card is a fragile barrier against the immigrant scapegoating, including the new forms of racial, ethnic/nationality and religious profiling being driven by immigration and border enforcement that is out of control. While local police have to go through a specific agreement that requires training to become immigration law enforcers, the Bush Administration’s program piloted in 2008 called, the Secure Communities Initiative, and now being extended nationally, will make it easier for the Obama Administration to use local, state and other police to become immigration law enforcement agents. The 287 (g) program, made infamous by the repressive and racist Sheriff of Maricopa County in
Now, persons will be guilty by immigration status and go straight to jail for deportation, circumventing our Constitution and civil rights.
2 The American Prospect: Detention Retention
3. New York Times: Detained Asylum-Seekers Find It Harder to Win Release